The raison d’etre for my floral and landscape paintings can be traced directly to the influences that surrounded my early childhood. Born and raised in a small town in Austria near forests, glens and mountains, I was constantly seeking out the many varied kinds of floral beauty which is ever present in this land. During the summer months, in a high mountain lake enclosure, my siblings and I would make daylong forays into the forested areas solely to see what kinds of flowers we could encounter. A difficult find, but a most sought after one, was the edelweiss. This was so because one had to climb up the side of a mountain to see them growing as an outcropping in the rocks. This would become the trophy of the day! Another favored sight was the Christrose, commonly called the Schneerose or snow rose, because it could be seen popping up out of the snow cover on the ground.
In school I was always fascinated with any instrument be it pen, pencil or crayon, that could make anything from a strait line to a complicated image. I really never understood at the time why I had this strong attraction for art supplies, never could make the connection between it and my love of nature.
It wasn’t until I came to the United States and married that the association was made. A casual remark by my husband, that I had a natural talent and propensity to draw and paint, made me realize that I ought to get going. A starter paint kit was purchased and that’s the beginning of the story.
My paintings capture the intensity and the very essence of my relationship to art. Floral images, from earliest childhood, have always remained the lynchpin that would lead me to further explorations for my artistic expressions. I have seriously attempted other avenues of expression, such as portraits and abstract painting, but personal satisfaction has always eluded me. Even in painting landscapes, a floral image may crop up here or there and often overtake it to become a floral landscape or a floral garden landscape. Still life suffers the same fate.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Individual Artist Award, Rockford Area Arts Council, Mayor’s Arts Award, Rockford, IL, 2007
YWCA Blanche Ellis Starr Award for Leadership in the Arts, Rockford, IL 2006
Artist for the years 2001, 2002 and 2005 Easter Seals Campaigns
Reflecting Achievement Award, Rockford Area Arts Council, Rockford, IL, 2004
Finalist in the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., Illinois Chapter
Millennium 2000 Show
Featured in The Artist’s Magazine, September, 2000
Ingrid Dohm is an award-winning artist based in Rockford, Illinois. Well known for her signature floral still life, her body of work spans an impressive array of subjects: landscapes, street scenes, and portraits, to name a few. The tie that binds this diverse body of work together is the consistent beauty, the lush and vibrant use of color, and the controlled technique that result in the unique elegance of her original artwork.
SELECTED ONE WOMAN SHOWS
Embassy of Austria, Washington D.C., 2011
Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL, 2008
Whitehead Gallery, Rockford, IL, 2006
Schloss Kammer, Attersee, Upper Austira, Austria, 2005
Die Wirtschaftskammer-Galerie, Vienna, Austria, 2002
Zurich-American, Schaumburg, IL, 2001
Arlington Green Executive Center, Arlington Heights, IL, 2001
Zurich Insurance Company, Zurich, Switzerland, 2000
Northern Trust O’Hare, Chicago, IL, 2000 NICOR Corporate Gallery, Naperville, IL, 2000
Schloss Kammer, Attersee, Upper Austria, Austria, 1996, 1999
University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine, 1999
‘Das Ronacher’, Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, 1997
Stadtische Galerie, Linz, Austria 1995
Kaiservilla, Bad Ischl, Austria, 1994
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
Annual Spring Art Scene, Rockford, IL, 2011
Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL, 2010
Biennial Rockford-Midwestern 2101 Show, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL, 2010
Biennial Rockford-Midwestern 2008 Show, Rockford
Ingrid Dohm Studio and Gallery